Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Beyond All Dreams- Elizabeth Camden

My Rating: 4 Stars

Description: Anna O'Brien leads a predictable and quiet life as a map librarian at the illustrious Library of Congress until she stumbles across a baffling mystery of a ship disappeared at sea. She is thwarted in her attempts to uncover information, but her determination outweighs her shyness and she turns to a dashing congressman for help. 

Luke Callahan was one of the nation's most powerful congressmen until his promising career became shadowed in scandal. Eager to share in a new cause and intrigued by the winsome librarian, he joins forces with Anna to solve the mystery of the lost ship. 

Opposites in every way, Anna and Luke are unexpectedly drawn to each other despite the strict rules forbidding Anna from any romantic entanglement with a member of Congress. 

From the gilded halls of the Capitol, where powerful men shape the future of the nation, to the scholarly archives of the nation's finest library, Anna and Luke are soon embroiled in secrets much bigger and more perilous than they ever imagined. Is bringing the truth to light worth risking all they've ever dreamed for themselves?

My Thoughts: Elizabeth Camden has written another great book. I absolutely loved the humor and wit of this story. Anna and Luke had very real personalities, ones I would expect to meet in my daily life. I enjoyed the honesty in which Camden portrayed them, even if Luke did have a fierce temper and both had grizzly backgrounds. While this may put off some readers, I found Luke's flaws far more relatable than most hero's.

The one thing I would have preferred to be different would be plot about the ship. To be honest, I had not found the ship intriguing and would have rather had more conflict in other areas. At times I forgot about the ship altogether until Anna brought it back up and toward the end I wanted her to forget about it just as much as the Navy did.

I can't wait until Camden puts out another novel. Hopefully one about Philip this time (and the spiral staircase?).

I received this book form Litfuse in exchange for an honest review.

History Soapbox: After reading a review saying that Luke's pacifism was out of historical context, I would like to point out that recent study of the Maine's wreckage shows no evidence of it being destroyed by the Spanish. If such is the case, Luke was right to want peace and there were many Americans who agreed with him, many who were drowned out by those who wanted war. Pacifism is not a new concept, and has been around long before the founding of the United States.

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